Volunteer FAQ

Our Volunteer FAQs

We have provided answers to some of the more common questions below. If we have not answered your query please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator Claire at volunteer@makeawish.ie

We have unfortunately suspended applications for 2021. We are re training our current volunteers as how we deliver wishes has been impacted greatly. This has also changed how we capture wishes so our training needs to reflect this.  

You can still register your interest in volunteering with us by contacting Claire on Volunteer@makeawish.ie. We can add your name to our expression of interest list and contact you once applications re open.

Make-A-Wish has 100 volunteers across Ireland with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experience. Volunteers must be over 21 years of age. We request that volunteers are over 21 years of age as the wish visits at times can be very challenging and emotional which require good personal/communication skills along with life experience. The age restriction for volunteers wishing to fundraise on behalf of Make-A-Wish is 14 years old. 
Make-A-Wish welcomes all volunteers regardless of their cultural and ethnic origin, religion, gender, physical, social or economic background

Our Community Volunteers are the foundation of Make-A-Wish. As a Community Volunteer you will be involved in attending events on behalf of Make-A-Wish, raising awareness of Make-A-Wish in your area, visiting wish children to bring them on their wish journey and assisting with our national fundraising day - Wish Day. You will also have the option to deliver school talks to primary and secondary school students.

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In addition, a variety of tasks outside of the Community Volunteer requirements may be available from time to time such as but not limited to event planning, online marketing, interior design, carpentry skills. Get in contact with our Volunteer Coordinator, Claire on volunteer@makeawish.ie to find out if we have any other roles avaialble and keep an eye on our social media platforms.

Process for applying

  1. Contact the office via email or phone to request an applicayion form or further information. You will then be emailed out an application form to be completed and sent back to the Volunteer Coordinator
  2. In person / video or phone call interviews
  3. Reference checks
  4. Garda vetting application completed (if applicable)
  5. Attend Training session
  6. Begin role

Make-A-Wish Ireland reserve the right to reject volunteer applications at any stage during this process. 

Please email the Volunteer Coordinator, Claire at volunteer@makeawish.ie for an application form.

These are all desirable skills but are not a necessity.

  • Good with children
  • Strong communication skills
  • Organised
  • Reliability
  • IT Skills
  • Highly motivated self-starter with initiative and drive
  • Previous experience in fundraising events is desirable
  • Access to a car is desirable but not essential

Due to the nature of the work we do, there is no standard time that our volunteers need to commit to. Time commitment can vary depending on the amount of wishes in your areas or school talk requests etc. We do ask that you spread awareness of Make-A-Wish as much as possible. We understand personal and work commitments can limit your availability sometimes and we are happy to work alongside you with this.

All Make-A-Wish ‘Community Volunteers’ must complete Garda vetting prior to becoming a volunteer if they are going to be carrying out Wish Visits.

You will also be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Fundraising or once-off volunteers do not need to adhere to Garda vetting.

Full traning is given and is facilitated by our Volunteer Coordinator.